Admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in May 1990
BA LLB, University of New South Wales, 1986
February 1989 – June 1993 Employed as para-legal and then solicitor – Dunhill Madden Butler (and its predecessor). Whilst at Dunhills, in addition to her insurance practice, Kerry also conducted the firm’s (runoff) plaintiff personal injury practice.
July 1993 – August 2013 Phillips Fox (and its successor firms DLA Phillips Fox and DLA Piper Australia) including partner from July 1999 to June 2011.
For over 25 years Kerry practiced as a lawyer, primarily as a litigator in a range of disputes including:
professional negligence claims against solicitors, health care professionals, financial planners and real estate agents
personal injury matters including acting for plaintiffs
building and construction
health law including representing hospitals, nurses and doctors in coronial inquiries and represented doctors in response to Health Care Complaints Commission complaints, appearing before the Performance Review Panel of the Medical Tribunal
directors & officers – large civil proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Federal Court of Australia
royal commissions including the HIH Royal Commission and the Bundaberg Hospital Commission of Inquiry.
Kerry has practiced as an independent NMAS accredited mediator since 2013.
Appointments & directorships
Editorial Panel of the Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin, published by Lexis Nexus since its inception in 2013 and is a regular contributor.
Director of the ANZAC Research Institute, the medical research arm of Concord Hospital and University of Sydney 2011-2019.
Supreme Court Costs Assessor 2013 to present.
Director and Company Secretary of the dance theatre company Force Majeure from 2007 to 2017.
Arbitrator – Local Court NSW January 2002 to December 2005.
Kerry has volunteered with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service assisting asylum seekers prepare visa documentation
While at DLA:
pro bono partner for Sydney office for 10 years
regularly rostered to attend the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic in Newtown as the supervising lawyer
participated in the implementation across the Australian firm of what is considered a best practice pro bono program.
Kerry will consider reduced fees in hardship matters or not-for-profit providers of legal services. Please ring her to discuss.